SAFINA, SAADIYAT BEACH CLUB, ABU DHABI

Mediterranean
ByAhlan! Live ReporterSunday , 17 May 2015
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Looking for a mini break? This is one of the island’s top getaway restaurants. The club has an air of sophistication that’s reminiscent of the French Riviera, from the views of the azure Gulf and the white-sand beach, to the stunning pool and cabanas.

The menu is a nod to the Mediterranean. Expect a vast selection of French and Italian seafood-focused dishes to choose from. We love the lobster linguine, which combines meaty morsels with al dente noodles, all bound in a light and creamy, but slightly spicy tomato sauce.

The head chef, from India, is also a fan of Asian cuisine and has created an excellent version of popcorn shrimp. It’s a dish you won’t find on the main menu, but Friday is Fisherman’s Wharf night, which presents a great deal – order one starter and main and you’ll get a free dessert buffet. 

Chocolate lovers take note. The assiete is to die for! This beautifully presented dish is as decadent as it is beautiful and comes complete with gold leaf. 

Book in advance. Its relative ‘in the middle of nowhere’ location means you’ll be waiting a good while for a cab, particularly on busy nights. So be sure to let them know you’re coming well in advance, and plan your transportation. 

SAMPLE MENU... 

Starter Plancha diver scallops, Dhs125       
Main Lemon confit salmon, Dhs155 
Dessert Assiete of chocolate, Dhs55

DETAILS

Address:   Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Telephone:   02 656 3500
Website:  www.saadiyatbeachclub.ae
Timings:   12midday-3pm Sat-Thu, 6pm-10pm Sat-Wed, 6pm-11pm Thu-Fri, 12pm-4pm Fri (brunch)
Facebook:    /saadiyatbeachclub
Twitter:   @saadiyatbeachclub